Internet users in four swing states will begin to see a video that faults President Obama for allowing taxpayer dollars to finance communism based on reports that Shanghai GM backed a Chinese propaganda film.
“The Chinese Government recently released a propaganda movie on the Founding of the Communist Party. And who was the movie’s primary sponsor? General Motors. Yes. Our taxpayer dollars that President Obama gave General Motors in the auto-bailout are helping promote communism,” the Let Freedom Ring ad narrator says, citing the General Motors bailout. GM has denied any connection to the Chinese company that funded the film but has also referred to it as a GM company when trumpeting Chinese sales figures.
The Washington Times reported on the film controversy earlier this year. “In late 2010, General Motors agreed to sponsor a propaganda film celebrating the 90th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP),” the Times’ Kerry Picket wrote. “When the movie first went into production GM signed up Cadillac as the ‘chief business partner’ with the Communist Party, stating: ‘Cadillac whole-heartedly supports the making of the Birth of a Party.’”
“The new ad is part of a $7 million online advertising campaign set to launch in the key swing states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Virginia, and Wisconsin,” according to LFR.General Motors disavowed the film and the company. “It is not GM. It is not GM money. And it is in no shape or form, or indirectly, taxpayer money,” spokesman Greg Martin told The Daily Caller, which added that “the sponsor, Shanghai GM, said Martin, is a distribution and sales network that “is a completely separate and distinct business entity based in China that has no organizational or financial ties whatsoever” to the Detroit-based company.”In 1995, according to the GM Heritage Center, “GM signed a milestone agreement with China’s Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC) for a proposed automotive joint venture, a joint venture technical center, and several other projects in and around the city of Shanghai, assuring GM a major presence in China’s expanding auto industry.” In 2011, GM delighted in burgeoning Chinese sales numbers. “GM’s Shanghai GM and SAIC-GM-Wuling joint ventures along with all of its passenger car brands experienced record domestic demand, enabling GM to remain the sales leader among global automakers in China for the seventh consecutive year,” the company press release stated. SAIC “is a stated owned enterprise of the Chinese city government,” the GM Heritage website explains.